About This Listing
1 BR, full bath, living room, in garage apt with separate entrance. Right by Shem Creek and Patriot's Point, at the foot of the Cooper River Bridge. Incredibly convenient location: 4 miles to downtown Charleston, 5 miles to Sullivan's Island and beaches. The TV has broadcast channels and a DVD player, but no cable. WiFi in the apt is a little spotty, don't say you weren't warned! Dock, fabulous views of Ft Sumter and the ships in the harbor from the back porch. Refrigerator, coffeemaker, 2-burner hotplate, toaster oven, & microwave in the apartment. Breakfast not included, but there will be coffee you can make in the morning, and orange juice, and bagels or English muffins, and butter and jam. Hairdryer is in the bathroom. Iron, steamer, and ironing board are in the closet.
I try to be there when guests arrive, so I can show off the place, but it works out ok if I'm away when they arrive and they let themselves in.
•The dock has a bench out at the end of it and you are welcome to walk on out there. It is an old dock, though, and the boards are a bit loose, so watch your step.
•Lots of people walk up to the top of the Ravenel Bridge; the views are spectacular. It’s about 3/4 mile to the foot of the bridge. Bring a windbreaker, it’s usually windy up there.
This place is so peaceful and quiet, it's like living in the country, but it is literally 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Charleston, and less than that to the beaches. So it's the best of both worlds!
•The back porch is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the view. Take your coffee out there in the mornings, or your wine in the evenings, and make yourselves at home.
•Whole Foods is only a half mile away, and Trader Joe’s is just a little farther past it. And there is a huge Harris Teeter grocery store across the street from Whole Foods. And about a million great restaurants in this town...
•Kayaks: There are 2 kayaks for your use: the big yellow/red one and the little blue one. Please ask where the paddles and the life vests are. You are required to have a life vest and a whistle with you. A cel phone in a waterproof bag could come in handy, hopefully you won’t need it. These are basic kayaks, and they are not good for long trips or open water. Please enjoy them in the creek here – at high tide you can paddle all the way up to Coleman Blvd and it is amazingly remote and otherworldly. Herons, Egrets, Kingfishers, it’s wonderful. Or you can paddle out the creek and turn left to go up Shem Creek. You can even stop for a bite to eat or a drink at the restaurants along the creek. Watch out for shrimp boats or long-liners or commercial fishing boats: stay to the edges of the waterway.
•Weather and tides and schedules permitting, I would love to take you out for a short boat ride in my little Boston Whaler. Charleston from the water is a whole new experience, always different, always fun… We’ll just have to see if we can work it into your trip.
•I have 3 bikes you can use. It is really fun to bike across the little Shem Creek bridge around the old Village, and out to the very pretty Pitt Street bridge park which looks out on the IntraCoastal Waterway and across to Sullivan’s Island (about 2 miles to the Pitt St Bridge each way). Or you can ride out on the new Shem Creek Park Dock (very close by, less than ½ mile), or head over to Patriot’s Point which has a nice bike path and you can ride out to the marina that’s right on the harbor. Or if you’re intrepid, you can bike over the giant Ravenel bridge. Ask and I’ll show the bikes to you and tell you the combinations to the locks. There are 2 helmets for you. Please use them!
NEWS FLASH! I HAVE A STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD YOU CAN USE! (Just one, though-you can rent them nearby). You can fish from the dock, and/or catch Blue Crabs. Or you can just enjoy the dock with the Green Herons and the Black Skimmers flying up and down the creek.
Oh, and Patriot's Point golf course is less than a mile away.
Interaction with Guests
I do enjoy interacting with guests, but sometimes it just works out that we barely see each other.
The best part about this place is the delightful and relaxing back deck, with comfortable chairs and a fantastic view of the giant container ships and the sailboats and shrimp boats and you can see Fort Sumter and Castle Pinckney and Fort Johnson (which is now a marine lab) and Crab Bank and Patriots Point and Shem Creek and oh, I could go on and on about the birds and the otters and the Diamond-backed Terrapins but thankfully no alligators in our creek!
Public transit is not very good in Charleston, to put it mildly. There's a Water Taxi service from Patriot's Point to downtown Charleston that you can bike over to. I have 3 bikes that can be used (not fancy), and they can go on the Water Taxi so you can explore Historic Charleston by bike, which is really fun. But to enjoy all Charleston has to offer, from the historic district to the beaches to the plantations, you really need to have a car. That said, it's an easy walk from the apartment to a Starbucks, also Shem Creek restaurants and Shem Creek Park.
Please help us to make a smooth transition for the next incoming guests. Checkout is 12pm if other guests will be arriving on the same day. So please ask, we are flexible when we can be.
This is a very casual, comfortable place to stay. We have a small dog, (7 lbs), and 3 canaries. They don't go into the garage apartment.
The host was very communicative prior to our arrival and greeted us (with treats!) once we got there. Her instructions and requirements were very clear and she had great recommendations for things to do in the area. Her property was perfect for us and we spent a great deal of our vacation just enjoying her beautiful property!
We were in the Charleston area for a weekend beach wedding and then a dear friend’s week-long family vacation so we didn’t spend much time at Susan’s lovely home but her garage apartment was the perfect spot for us. Everything was as pictured and detailed and it was a cozy retreat for us each evening. Susan was a gracious host and we enjoyed chatting with her on the deck in the evening or first thing in the morning before heading out for the day. She even offered to show us Charleston by water on her boat one afternoon which my partner did without me. I would recommend Susan’s apartment next time you’re in the area. Convenient to everything! The apartment was twenty minutes from the airport, 17 minutes to Isle of Palms beaches and 15 minutes to downtown Charleston. And thank you, Susan, for your thoughtful touches . . . room darkening curtains so we could sleep in, juice and muffins in the fridge, lots of hangers so we could hang our clothes up and that wonderful towel warmer for our damp towels. All were very much appreciated. .
A delightful property, everything we expected and more. We enjoyed many a happy hour sitting on the back porch with Susan and Brian, chatting and watching the wildlife. Susan is an exceptional host and is ever attentive to the needs of her guests. We are already planning a return trip in 2016! PS a boat ride with Susan is a not to be missed event.
Susan was there to greet us when we arrived and gave us a tour of the property, explaining everything we would need to know. She was warm and friendly, and even cut some fresh flowers from her garden for us! This property was just as described - picturesque perfection in a quiet little neighborhood that was central to everything. Susan had even thoughtfully placed a few items in the refrigerator for us.
The atmosphere was laid back and comfortable, just what we wanted. My husband and I live in Charleston and decided to have a "stay-cation," and we could not have picked a better spot. I wish we had more time to spend visiting with Susan on the gorgeous deck overlooking the water.
I can only hope our future AirBnb stays are as lovely as this one was - Susan sets the bar very high!
As soon as we met Susan we knew we made the perfect choice of where to stay for our visit to Charleston. She was so gracious to share her home with us. Gave great ideas about what to do, where to go, even though just staying on her property would have been a vacation unto itself. The accommodations and Susan' hospitality exceeded all expectations. A fabulous location from which to explore the entire Charleston area no matter what your interests or priorities may be. We would return in a heartbeat.
This was the perfect place to stay for a weekend getaway in Charleston. The BEST part is he beautiful back porch overlooking the dock and beautiful water. Be absolutely sure to wake up early enough to enjoy breakfast and coffee on the dock or porch!!
About the Host, Susan
I love the fantastic views from the house which change so dramatically with the daylight and the seasons. Kayaking and motorboating are extra fun here. I do have 3 bikes and 2 kayaks, and 1 StandUp Paddleboard (SUP) that can be used to explore. The wonderful Cooper River bridge is only a 1/2 mile walk from the house. Seafood restaurants also less than a half mile. Fishing and shrimping and crabbing, too, right from the dock. It's like staying in the country, quiet and contemplative, but you are 10 minutes from the high life of the city.